Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Thousands of fans flocked to the streets, bars and other party sites to celebrate Canada’s gold-medal win in the men’s hockey event of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Aside from Real Sports, Maple Leafs Square and other bars, fans also turned the downtown core into a celebration hub after their team defeated Sweden, 3-0, in the final.
The government allowed bars to open and serve alcohol until 7 a.m. for fans who waited for three hours just to get in and join the celebration.
“We had so much fun, when we get in (to the bar) is fine, the day is young,” Carolyn Liu said.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford trudged through the throng of red and white Team Canada jerseys, soaking up attention and posing for pictures.
“Let’s go, yeah Team Canada!” shouted Aubrey Jones, who took a week off work in England to visit friends in Canada in hopes of celebrating the gold medal in Toronto.
“I’m so glad I did this — it’s wild, you really love your hockey here,” she added.
With the victory, Canada became the first repeat gold-medal winner since the Soviet Union/Unified Team won three in a row from 1984-92.
Canada has swept all four traditional team sports, winning the gold in men’s and women’s curling and men’s and women’s ice hockey.